Cough With Phlegm

Cough with phlegm can occur due to certain conditions like allergies, air pollution, smoking, upper or lower respiratory tract infection, viral infection, bacterial infection, tobacco use, postnasal drip, asthma, and acid reflux. There will be a production of mucus while coughing. It is treated by taking expectorants for thinning and loosening the mucus for expelling it. Gargling with salt water and steam inhalation helps to manage it.

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My son took antibiotic for fever before 20 days. Should I give him antibiotic again for cough?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 10 years old. He had cough and low-grade fever. Five days later, I showed him to a pediatrician. She advised Augmentin 625 mg, Mucolite and Duolin nebulizer. The next day my son has symptoms of reaction with Augmentin like diarrhea. So my doctor switched to Azee 250 mg. After 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your 10-year-old son had a cough and fever which required Augmentin and nebulization, this means that the child has got wheezing with lower respiratory tract infection. Augmentin contains Amoxycillin and Clavulanic acid which may cause diarrhea in some children so right...  Read Full »

What can be the cause of wheezing with dry cough?

Query: Hi doctor, My 8-year-old daughter had an allergy then it got worst. She began to cough with phlegm, which resolved with Mucosolvan, but she got wheezing and a dry cough and had difficulty breathing that exacerbates during the night. Still, she is fine during the day with occasional coughing. She ex...  Read Full »

Dr. Radela Yvonne L. Ramos-cortes

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From what you have shared with me, I think your daughter has uncontrolled bronchial asthma. May I ask if she has a history of any allergy to food or medication? Does she sneeze a lot or have a running nose? Was she ever diagnosed with allergic rhinitis? For now, I sugg...  Read Full »

I always feel mucus stuck in throat which gives vomiting sensation. After eating the feeling is more. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a problem regarding cough in throat. I always feel that there is some mucus left in throat which brings a tendency of vomit. These mucus always remain intact in throat. After eating it feels like more mucus is stuck in throat. What could it be. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your query, I suggest you to rule out acid reflux issues in your case. In acid reflux problem there is presence of burning chest pain as well. You can take tablet Rabeprazole (Ethylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl Cellulose) like antacid if acid reflux is pre...  Read Full »

I am a 21-year-old female suffering from cough, cold, left-sided stomach pain, and brown phlegm. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female currently having a cough, cold, left sided stomach pain, and brown phlegm. When I quit smoking a month back. I am very worried and scared, I have health anxiety so this is not easy for me. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Phlegm with blood streaks is common in seasonal colds and coughs. It is not a serious issue. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Take steam inhalation three times a day. Take a tablet pan ...  Read Full »

I have a history of constant allergies, and I currently have chest tightness, whistling sounds while breathing, along with a cough. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am not sure if I have asthma or not but I do think I have it. I have a medical history that includes having constant allergies and I have been diagnosed with allergic reactions to smell, chest tightness, whistling sounds when I breathe, and after physical activity, I get a cough with...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I understand your symptoms and they are more likely due to asthma- wheeze sound when you breathe out. But anemia can increase your problem. Practicing yoga and meditation will be of great help to you to improve your ...  Read Full »

What are the causes of breathing problem and cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I have been facing breathing problem for the past five days. The first time it happened for a few minutes after I had finished my dinner and after that I smoked. I am not a heavy smoker and this has also not happened before. The problem is that I am breathin...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you said, you are suffering from cough with expectoration and breathing difficulty, it is quite possible that you can have acute bronchitis.You have a history of smoking even though not regularly. Smoking is an aggravating factor for cough.Also, there is difficulty ...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old son has had a cough and phlegm and has ear pain and vomiting now. What do these symptoms indicate?

Query: Hi doctor,My two-year-old son has had a cough and phlegm for a while and was taken to a pediatrician who diagnosed a cold and prescribed a Seretide inhaler three days ago. On the second day, he threw up a few times in the day and in the evening but otherwise was himself, had plenty of liquids, and a...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. The symptoms are all linked. However, as per the above symptoms, you need to start an antibiotic since there is ear pain and discharge from the eyes which shows the severity of the infection. Please visit your p...  Read Full »

Are x-ray chest, CT chest ant PFT results reliaible to rule out lung cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a smoking history of three years. Three months back there were a few blood drops were there in the phlegm while clearing the throat. Out of curiosity I had few like chest x-ray, chest CT scan with contrast (lymph nodes were there but in CT reports it was written like no signific...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After going through your case, I do not think there is something to worry about the possibility of lung cancer as it can be just a smoker's bronchitis. As you said, you do not have any symptoms at present and all the tests including x-ray CT (computed tomography) and P...  Read Full »

I have had a viscous cough with yellow mucous and pain in my throat for five to seven days. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a cough that is viscous and yellow for five to six days. I also have very mild pain in my throat as well. Please suggest some medicine.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You have a wet cough, according to the history. For that, I suggest you can take Ambroxol-containing syrup like Respira. However, please consult a physician, discuss with them and start taking the medications with t...  Read Full »

Is lung biopsy needed to diagnose bronchiectasis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been referred to a pulmonologist based on the following CT scan report for chronic cough and fatigue. Mild cylindrical bronchiectasis to the lower lung fields with evidence of bronchial wall thickening and mild dilatation. Additionally, ill defined airspace opacities of the extre...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your CT scan report is suggestive of cylindrical bronchiectasis with some infective foci. Usually, the diagnosis of bronchiectasis is made on the HRCT thorax (high-resolution computed tomography) and there is no need of any lung biopsy. Bronchiectasi...  Read Full »

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